Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said on Monday that the BJP’s ‘dual engine’ government had been there in Himachal Pradesh for five years but had probably forgotten to refuel, as she sought to corner the ruling party on the issues of unemployment and the old pension scheme.
Addressing a rally here ahead of Assembly polls, she also denounced Prime Minister Narendra Modi for remarks that changing medication frequently does not help cure the disease or benefit anyone, saying the people are being told they are sick and should continue to have the old medicine.
Making a strong plea for a change of government in the state, she said that if Congress came to power, it would approve the 1 lakh jobs and revert to the old pension scheme at the first cabinet meeting. same.
“Elections are held every five years so what’s the deal, remember, these polls will decide your future. Why don’t people get the old pension plan when they get it in the Congress-run states, think about it,” Gandhi said.
“BJP leaders come and say ‘vote for us, you will have a dual engine government’, where were they for five years, he (dual engine) was there for five years too, probably they forgot to refuel of fuel in the engine,” she said as she took interest in the BJP’s ‘dual-engine’ pitch.
Dual Engine is a term often used by BJP leaders to refer to the ruling party in the Center and in the State.
Attacking the BJP on the issue of unemployment, Gandhi said that the first responsibility of the government is to ensure employment, but despite the BJP being in power in the State and the Center, 63,000 vacancies are vacant in the Himachal.
“Why these positions have not been filled. We will take decision to give 1 lakh jobs in our first cabinet. They (BJP) say it is not possible, how did we manage to do it in the Chhattisgarh Today the unemployment rate is the lowest in this state because our government has given away five million jobs in the last three years,” the Congress General Secretary told a town hall meeting in Chhattisgarh. support for the leader of the Congress Legislative Party, Mukesh Agnihotri.
In Rajasthan, the Congress government has given away 1.3 lakh jobs, but here 63,000 positions are vacant, Gandhi said.
“Young people here are talented and educated, but their aspirations are not being met. Substance abuse is on the rise,” she said.
Slamming the BJP on the Agnipath military recruitment program, Gandhi claimed that while before about 4,000 people were recruited in Himachal, now only 500 will enter the armed forces, of which 75% will return.
“They (the BJP) will say anything to stay in power but they forget after the polls…Teach them a lesson that elections won’t be won with money,” Gandhi told the people.
Hitting the Prime Minister’s remarks at a rally in Himachal Pradesh while offering another mandate for the BJP that changing medicine frequently does not help cure disease or benefit anyone, Gandhi said: ” You are told that you are sick and that you continue to have the old medicine”. She urged people not to be “misled” and to make a change for a better future for themselves.
“Himachal Pradesh has a debt of Rs 70,000 crore. There are scams and more scams – in teacher recruitment, PPE kits, police recruitment… and then they say don’t change medication,” she said.
“I won’t make false promises, trust your own experience. You wanted the old pension scheme, did anyone listen to you. Many leaders of Himachal Pradesh have become great leaders of the BJP but did the state progress, they succeeded,” he said.
Highlighting how hard working women are, she also said that a stipend of Rs 1,500 per month would be given to them.
“When you look for a groom, you look at the intention of the boy. The BJP wants to stay in power at all costs. Do you want a government that gives jobs or takes away jobs, do you want a government that gives OPS or takes want Are you a government that wants to cut prices or raise prices. Make no mistake about it, vote for your future, for yourself,” Gandhi said.
Restoration of the old pension scheme, 300 units of free energy, a start-up fund of Rs 680 crore, one lakh jobs and Rs 1,500 per month for women between 18 and 60 are among the pledges made by Congress in its manifesto for Himachal Pradesh polls.
Congress is banking on the anti-incumbent factor and urging voters not to re-elect the BJP in the state.
Polling in Himachal Pradesh will take place on November 12 and the counting of votes will take place on December 8.